Reader Reviewed Watership Down by Richard Adams

Watership Down

Written by Richard Adams
Illustrated by David Parkins
Part of the A Puffin Book Series

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Watership Down is an epic journey, a stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival against the odds. It tells the story of a group of rabbits - of Fiver, of Hazel and the rabbit warren full of family and friends - and their will to survive despite human attempts to do otherwise. Beautifully written with some of the best characterisation you'll come across in children’s literature, Full of adventure, humour, excitement and sadness it will enthral as much now as it did when it was first published. Rejected by most publishers before eventually being snapped up by Rex Collings in the '70s, it was an instant hit and has since sold over 5 million copies the world over.


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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This best-selling novel tells the story of a band of rabbits who leave their warren because one of their number, the telepathic Hazel, senses danger - and journey hazardously across the Berkshire downs in search of safety. Despite its length and complexity, people of all ages become absorbed and obsessed by it.

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Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading4kids expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this as well as a number of other titles in the A PUFFIN BOOK series. You can view all the reviews of the A PUFFIN BOOK titles that our kids panel have read and reviewed by clicking here or scroll down to see the kids reviews for this title.

  • Jack Wilson, age 12 - 'A beautiful yet dark secret world.' Read full review >
  • Mia Thurston-Mathews, age 10 - 'an amazing book full of action, adventure, danger, bravery and friendship and I would definitely recommend it.' Read full review >
  • Miss Hindley of Freegrounds Junior School - 'An epic read but well worth persevering with.' Read full review >
  • Katie Johnson, age 10 - 'This is one of the best, longest and most powerful books I have ever read!' Read full review >
  • Sidney Greenslade, age 10 - 'An absorbing tale of adventure and peril, bravery and loyalty, filled with loveable rabbit characters.' Read full review >
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 9 - 'A lovely heartwarming story about rabbits which I read with my Mum as she remembered reading it when she was my age!' Read full review >
  • Anna, age 10 - 'Share a Puffin book ! What a great idea. It had to be Watership Down, a distant memory of a great book from when mummy was young and a new and exciting book for me to read. We couldn't wait to start.' Read full review >


Watership Down by Richard Adams

Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible is about to happen to the warren - he feels sure of it. And Fiver's sixth sense is never wrong, according to his brother Hazel. They had to leave immediately, and they had to persuade the other rabbits to join them. And so begins a long and perilous journey of a small band of rabbits in search of a safe home. Fiver's vision finally leads them to Watership Down, but here they face their most difficult challenge of all...

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About the Author

Richard Adams
Richard Adams was born in Berkshire, England, in 1920, and studied history at Worcester College, Oxford. He is the author of nineteen books, including the bestselling and award-winning Watership Down, his first book.

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656 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Puffin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd July 2014




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